August 13, 2011

Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes

Title: Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes
Eric Litwin (Author)
James Dean (Illustrator)
Amazon Link: Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes

Comprehension Strategy: 
Making Connections (Using prior knowledge, activating schema, text-to-self connections) 
Art Modality: Music and Movement

Pete the Cat is back—and this time he’s rocking in his school shoes. Pete discovers the library, the lunchroom, the playground, and lots of other cool places at school. And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song . . . because it’s all good. (Summary from HarperCollins Childrens Books.)

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes
Red high-top shoes (Optional but totally desirable)

I’m back in school and I’m blogging in my school shoes! The first step in this groovy lesson is to download the free song and listen to it.
You’re dancing and singing already aren’t you?! But wait, it gets better. The next step is to watch the video:
The third step is to order the book, silly!
Amazon Link:

Read aloud the book to your class. (I put my copy under the document camera while we listened to the song.) When your students are familiar with the words, create your own class book or powerpoint that will focus on verbs ending in -ing. To begin, create a class list of things kids can do in their school shoes. For example, “I’m counting in my school shoes.” Next take a picture of each child performing an action in his school shoes. Combine the pictures in a class book or powerpoint along with the simple, repetitive text. Finally, invite the class to read and sing along.
It’s all good.

Pete the Cat has a unique story. Find out more here:

For more groovy music, visit Mr. Eric at  Eric Litwin’s website:

I’m off to find some red high-top sneakers. Let me know if you find any. “I’m shopping in my school shoes...”


  1. I've never heard of these books. I'll have to check them out! I'm a new follower!

    Quench Your First

  2. Got my Rocking in My School Shoes book and we are going to rock next week! Since we made Pete's Art shoes last year, we are going to be making his guitar! Rock On!

  3. Eric Litwin is one of my new favorite authors!

  4. here's a current link to replace the one that's dead on youtube


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